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I want to retire in Tenn (no further than 1 hour from Nashville), lake front property a must, any suggestions?
my dad lives out in Lebanon - Mt Juliet, just on the other side county line. Look out there. If you like trout fishing, Caney Fork River is not far at all and is pretty good for fly fishing.

 
I want to retire in Tenn (no further than 1 hour from Nashville), lake front property a must, any suggestions?
my dad lives out in Lebanon - Mt Juliet, just on the other side county line. Look out there. If you like trout fishing, Caney Fork River is not far at all and is pretty good for fly fishing.
I live in Hendersonville on Old Hickory Lake. It's the nicest area on the north side of Nashville, about 10-15 miles from downtown. There are a lot of fishing areas around here.
 
I want to retire in Tenn (no further than 1 hour from Nashville), lake front property a must, any suggestions?
Tim's ford lake is a great area. My friend's parents have a lakehouse there and it's perfect. A bunch of rich weekend homes so the lake is abandoned during the week, perfect for boat activities.
This is a wonderful place. We camp there sometimes. It's about 90 minutes from Nashville, but mostly interstate.

 
Nashville locals I am hoping to get a little help, a group of us are driving from Wisconsin to Destin, FL in April (18th to be exact). We are planning on staying Friday night in Nashville and then finish the trip to Destin the following morning. The request I have is does anyone have any hotel recommendations that we should look into. Price should be within reason for a group travelling through looking for a place to sleep and shower, obviously not looking for the seedy roach motels, just something decent. Based on a MapQuest search of our trip I think we will be using Highway 65 to get to Destin so something close to Highway 65 would be great.

Also, if we get to Nashville early enough we maybe able to do some sightseeing or searching out some good food, any recommendations? We will have 6 adults and 5 kids ranging in age from 5 to 12.

Thanks for any input.

 
What are you looking to spend? You won't get a really nice room downtown under 250. The Renaissance or Hermitage mid 300s to 400 a night. Plenty of cheaper but clean places a couple miles out if you're just looking for a place to sleep.

 
What are you looking to spend? You won't get a really nice room downtown under 250. The Renaissance or Hermitage mid 300s to 400 a night. Plenty of cheaper but clean places a couple miles out if you're just looking for a place to sleep.
The issue seems to be my weekend of choice (2nd week of March). Hutton looks very nice and pretty reasonable. Good area too?

 
Yeah. Mid-town is cool. Anything downtown on river and West is good.

I haven't stayed there but had a couple friends that spoke highly of it. I live in Nashville so never have a reason to stay in a hotel. It's probably about 2 miles from the river and the downtown area. It's not within walking distance that the really high dollar ones are from the river and all of the bars/restaurants but it's quieter, which I would prefer. A lot of nice restaurants and shops out that way.

 
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What are you looking to spend? You won't get a really nice room downtown under 250. The Renaissance or Hermitage mid 300s to 400 a night. Plenty of cheaper but clean places a couple miles out if you're just looking for a place to sleep.
The issue seems to be my weekend of choice (2nd week of March). Hutton looks very nice and pretty reasonable. Good area too?
The SEC men's basketball tournament will be happening downtown that weekend.

 
My wife and I just passed through on a recent swing through the south. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Broadway and 9th. (I have a membership, so I focus on the HIEs). Walking distance to the country music hall of fame and the Broadway restaurants and night life. Price is reasonable AND the HIEs put out a great, free breakfast spread.

 
My wife and I just passed through on a recent swing through the south. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Broadway and 9th. (I have a membership, so I focus on the HIEs). Walking distance to the country music hall of fame and the Broadway restaurants and night life. Price is reasonable AND the HIEs put out a great, free breakfast spread.
If I were a betting man, I'd bet reservations for this place have been gobbled up by eager Kentucky basketball fans already.

 
My wife and I just passed through on a recent swing through the south. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Broadway and 9th. (I have a membership, so I focus on the HIEs). Walking distance to the country music hall of fame and the Broadway restaurants and night life. Price is reasonable AND the HIEs put out a great, free breakfast spread.
If I were a betting man, I'd bet reservations for this place have been gobbled up by eager Kentucky basketball fans already.
Nope. None available. Eta: none at hutton either

 
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RnR said:
Buddy Ball 2K3 said:
flapgreen said:
What are you looking to spend? You won't get a really nice room downtown under 250. The Renaissance or Hermitage mid 300s to 400 a night. Plenty of cheaper but clean places a couple miles out if you're just looking for a place to sleep.
The issue seems to be my weekend of choice (2nd week of March). Hutton looks very nice and pretty reasonable. Good area too?
The SEC men's basketball tournament will be happening downtown that weekend.
Well that explains that. Didnt even think of it.

 
Looked up a few hotels downtown and out west side of town for that weekend. Can't find any vacancies. May want to stay a little South of town toward Brentwood. Not that far outside of town and one of nicest areas in Nashville areas. That's where a lot of the athletes and stars live.

 
Was just in Nashville the weekend after New Years. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Vanderbilt. It is about a mile from downtown(broadway) but they run a shuttle bus so we took advantage of that. The shuttle runs until 10pm weekdays and midnight Fri/Sat.

This Hilton is within walking distance of Music Row and a few pretty cool bars. The Red Door Saloon, Soulshine Pizza Factory, Winners / Losers, Rebar, Broadway Brewhouse and Mojo Grill, Tavern Nashville (a little more upscale restaurant - burger was awesome).

Downtown, you have to make stops at Legends Corner Bar and Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. Legendary bars and the music starts at around 11am to noon. Tootsie's has 3 levels with bands on all 3. Jack's BBQ is decent, but in can get crowded and have a decent wait in line. Rippy's is pretty good. My wife and I loved the pulled pork sandwich. Honkytonk Central a little further down is another cool place, but there smaller places in between. There was not a cover charge for any place we went into. Musicians play for tips. 2nd Ave was OK, it has the Wildhorse Saloon, Hard Rock, Coyote Ugly, BB King's. One place we didn't make it to was Printers Alley.

 
Edit to add: Just got back from a Nashville trip and the hot chicken at Hattie B's is insanely good.
Go to Pepperfire if you're ever back in town. :)

eta: Having said that, Hattie B's is better for Nashville visitors. Their sides, location, and beer selection all make it the best overall hot chicken experience, even if it is pretty dudebro sometimes. I think Pepperfire's chicken and spicing is a bit better (not to mention their deep fried hot cheese sandwich) but not overly so to warrant a trip to a significantly worse part of town. 4th of July is awesome, Nashville holds a Hot Chicken Festival and all the restaurants gather to light our digestive tracts aflame.

 
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What are you looking to spend? You won't get a really nice room downtown under 250. The Renaissance or Hermitage mid 300s to 400 a night. Plenty of cheaper but clean places a couple miles out if you're just looking for a place to sleep.
The issue seems to be my weekend of choice (2nd week of March). Hutton looks very nice and pretty reasonable. Good area too?
Just stayed at Hutton last weekend. Pretty nice. It's a trendy, modern set-up which isn't my preference, but the room was comfortable and the shower was very nice. Restaurant in lobby was good, excellent bar. Again, somewhat trendy as opposed to traditional but it was good.

They'll shuttle you to and from anywhere in the downtown and Gulch areas, so that's a huge help.

Overall, worth the stay and price.

 
If you have 1 night to "do Nashville", this is what you do. Pretty much all the good live music places right there next to each other. Pretty sure you can bring in a 15 year old to any of them. Just walk in, order a drink and see if you like who is playing there. If not, walk next door. :shrug:
What about good live music places/restaurants for younger kids? We'll be in Nashville the end of March (the week leading up to Easter). My daughter turns 12 that week and I think she'd really enjoy doing something like that.

So you don't pay admission to any of these? It's like you said, you can just walk in and see what's going on and hop in and out easily? Anywhere to see a schedule who's performing?

 
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If you have 1 night to "do Nashville", this is what you do. Pretty much all the good live music places right there next to each other. Pretty sure you can bring in a 15 year old to any of them. Just walk in, order a drink and see if you like who is playing there. If not, walk next door. :shrug:
What about good live music places/restaurants for younger kids? We'll be in Nashville the end of March (the week leading up to Easter). My daughter turns 12 that week and I think she'd really enjoy doing something like that.

So you don't pay admission to any of these? It's like you said, you can just walk in and see what's going on and hop in and out easily? Anywhere to see a schedule who's performing?
The music in the bars start around 11am/noon. I think at that time you can walk around and come and go into the different places, most have doormen that you can ask.

Places that I know you can take a child/teen. would be Rippy's, Margaritaville, Wildhorse Saloon. Bluebird Cafe(that is outside of Nashville's downtown)

 
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If you have 1 night to "do Nashville", this is what you do. Pretty much all the good live music places right there next to each other. Pretty sure you can bring in a 15 year old to any of them. Just walk in, order a drink and see if you like who is playing there. If not, walk next door. :shrug:
What about good live music places/restaurants for younger kids? We'll be in Nashville the end of March (the week leading up to Easter). My daughter turns 12 that week and I think she'd really enjoy doing something like that.So you don't pay admission to any of these? It's like you said, you can just walk in and see what's going on and hop in and out easily? Anywhere to see a schedule who's performing?
Generally no admission during the day. Once evening hits some of them ding you for $5-$10, moreso on the weekends. They're on Broadway, one right on top of another. See if there's anything going on at the Ryman. If your daughter is in to country music, that is hallowed ground. It's right behind Broadway.

 
Thanks. Just clicking around on some of the places on Broadway and 2nd Ave, they don't appear to have late March/early April scheduled yet. I'm not going to know who any of these performers are. Not sure if my daughter will either. These are mostly people trying to get their start or are some of them actual names? My guess is the better people play at night and it's a much more lively atmosphere on the streets? We'd probably most likely do something like this on a weekday/weeknight. My daughter is really into all types of music. She'll mostly just be into the experience.

I have a lot of extended family in the area and made many visits to Nashville as a kid. But, we mostly spent time just hanging out at our relatives' houses so we didn't do many "Nashville things". My parents would sometimes take us to the Parthenon and we'd go to the science museum fairly often. We'll be staying with relatives on this trip, but I'd really like to spend time taking the family out rather than just hanging at my BIL's house in Franklin.

 
You'd be surprised at the atmosphere on a Saturday afternoon -- very lively, especially if it's nice out. Also, Preds are at home on 3/29 (Sun) and 3/31 (Tues). Those early evening Preds games on the w/e usually mean a great downtown vibe in the afternoon. Also, you may not know the folks playing but you'll be blown away by at least 50% of them. Music is crazy good on Broadway.

 
You'd be surprised at the atmosphere on a Saturday afternoon -- very lively, especially if it's nice out. Also, Preds are at home on 3/29 (Sun) and 3/31 (Tues). Those early evening Preds games on the w/e usually mean a great downtown vibe in the afternoon. Also, you may not know the folks playing but you'll be blown away by at least 50% of them. Music is crazy good on Broadway.
Agree with all of this. Saturday afternoons are great downtown.
 
Just got back from a 3 day conference.  Stayed at the Renaissance and had a blast.  Such an amazing city...one of the coolest places I've ever been.  Had great meals at the Stillery and Acme Feed and Seed.  Hit at least a dozen of the bars along and off Broadway and was blown away by all the talented musicians.  I also have a new found appreciation for the sun dress/cowboy boot combo.  Looking forward to going back with a bunch of friends.

 
Did a guys weekend for the Raiders @ Titans game and want to move there now. Went to a place called Skulls which might be the coolest bar I've ever been to in my life. It's a old-timey speakeasy with a live band & burlesque show. I loved everyone I met and every meal I ate and every old-fashioned I drank. I hated leaving. Nashville is ####### awesome in every way.

 
Did a guys weekend for the Raiders @ Titans game and want to move there now. Went to a place called Skulls which might be the coolest bar I've ever been to in my life. It's a old-timey speakeasy with a live band & burlesque show. I loved everyone I met and every meal I ate and every old-fashioned I drank. I hated leaving. Nashville is ####### awesome in every way.
Nashville rules. It's just a great city.  

 
Wife and I are taking a rare long weekend, and even more rare without the kids. :pickle:

Anything within a ~5 hour drive from Cincy is on the table. Nashville is higher on the list. Would be heading down afternoon on 6/8 and heading home 6/10. We're not country music people, but do enjoy live music. Bar hoping skills are certainly rusty, but sounds like fun for one night. Would love to hit the must eat at places- Dives, holes in the wall, high end we don't care as long as it's good. Not huge history buffs and while we enjoy nature we're not the go hiking folk either. 

Where's the place to stay should we go, and what are the gotta do items.

Did a little research and have read the thread. Broadway would be nice to stay on but when you factor in the parking fees it gets a little pricey. Are there other reasonable, non flee bag options that might offer a cheap/free shuttle or are within walking distance. I’m assuming it would be safe to walk it. That or is there parking available to where I can park and Uber to the hotel if we get stupid. 

 
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Did a guys weekend for the Raiders @ Titans game and want to move there now. Went to a place called Skulls which might be the coolest bar I've ever been to in my life. It's a old-timey speakeasy with a live band & burlesque show. I loved everyone I met and every meal I ate and every old-fashioned I drank. I hated leaving. Nashville is ####### awesome in every way.
I just had a similar experience. Went for a work conference all last week. What a great city. The 2 speakeasys I went to were Attaboy and Providence House. Favorite meals were Monell's and Arnold's. Monell's wins based on overall experience. Never had a meal like that before. Basically a buffet but all served to you as course's family style at a huge table with a bunch of strangers. 

Can't wait to go back. 

 
Just got back from a 3 day conference.  Stayed at the Renaissance and had a blast.  Such an amazing city...one of the coolest places I've ever been.  Had great meals at the Stillery and Acme Feed and Seed.  Hit at least a dozen of the bars along and off Broadway and was blown away by all the talented musicians.  I also have a new found appreciation for the sun dress/cowboy boot combo.  Looking forward to going back with a bunch of friends.
Stillery is my favorite choice for a meal downtown - only wish they had beers on tap there.  And now they have a location up by Vandy.  

 
Stillery is fantastic.  Great food and love the mason jar drinks.
Have been to Nashville 5x in the past few years.  After the first time, it has become a mandatory stop for us.  Going to have to finally check out those mason jar drinks next time through - while I like the Yazoo line of beers, after a while I need something different.

 

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